Global Political Islam

  • Iran's Supreme Leader Accuses US of Creating IS

    June 14, 2017

    As tensions escalate in the regional Sunni-Shiite power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the clerical leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has blamed the US for the creation of the Islamic State (IS) and for destabilizing the Middle East.

  • Saudi-Qatar Islamist Rift Goes Global

    June 14, 2017

    Turkey's Islamist government is using military and economic support to lead a pro-Qatar response to Saudi Arabia's attempt to leverage its control over Islam's holy sites to rally Muslim-majority countries in Africa and Asia behind the effort to isolate Qatar over its presumed support for Islamist revolutions and for the Iran Islamist theocracy.

  • Germany Arrests Suspected IS Media Leader

    June 14, 2017

    German authorities have arrested a Syrian man who entered the country almost two years ago as a suspected key actor in the Islamic State's (IS) news agency Amaq, pointing to the robust presence of IS media operations in Western Europe and to IS's expanding capacity to use diverse media in a global strategy to expand radical Islamism.

  • Al-Shabaab Attacks Somali Military Base

    June 14, 2017

    The Islamic State (IS)-affiliated faction of the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab carried out a deadly attack on a Somali military base in the northeast corner of Somalia, a geostrategically important location in East Africa besieged by warfare between competing IS and al-Qaeda factions of al-Shabaab.

  • Boko Haram Shows Resilience with Nigeria Attack

    June 14, 2017

    The Islamist extremist group Boko Haram demonstrated its resilience in the war to establish a caliphate in West Africa by staging a massive attack on the key northeast Nigerian town of Maiduguri designed to disrupt the visit of Nigeria's Acting President to deliver food aid to Chad Basin refugees created by the jihadi group's terror attacks.

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